In Key Matchup vs Rams Front, Jonah Williams Will Be Huge Factor
The Cincinnati Bengals will play for its first Super Bowl title on Sunday, making it back to the Big Game for the first time since 1988.
While the Bengals offensive line has struggled greatly at times throughout the regular season and playoffs to protect quarterback Joe Burrow, undoubtedly the best player on the line has to be former Alabama star, left tackle Jonah Williams.
Williams was a two-time SEC champion in 2016 and 2018 as well as an important piece of the 2017 national championship team in his time at the Capstone. He was named first-team All-SEC in 2017 and 2018 as well before declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, where he was selected 11th overall by the Bengals.
With no shortage of big-game experience, the moment certainly will not be too big for Williams, and it will be up to him to help to still the nerves of some players who may not have as much time logged playing in games with such massive implications.
The matchup between the Bengals' offensive line and the Rams' front seven will certainly be a huge factor in deciding which team lifts the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday evening.
Trying to protect its star quarterback against superstars like Aaron Donald and Von Miller will be no small task for a Bengals offensive line that allowed the most sacks in the league this season. In the divisional round matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Burrow was sacked nine times, tying an NFL playoff record.
If the Bengals are not able to protect Burrow against the Rams, it could be a long night for fans that chant "Who Dey."
On the other side of the coin, if Cincinnati's line can step up, it will go an extremely long way towards bringing the Queen City its first Super Bowl title in the 54-year history of the Bengals franchise. Williams will look to do just that on Sunday.